The Budgie Smuggler

4.3
45 reviews
$41 to $100
Contemporary Asian
Budgie Bar specializes in your favourite cocktails, ice-cold tap beers, great Australian wines and offers a tasty, Asian fusion hot and cold food menu. Budgie Bar boasts an industrial style fit-out in a converted warehouse, looking out onto the floor of our classic car showroom. Curated DJ sets will be a regular fixture at your new local, setting the vibe to socialise. The perfect place to begin your night out, catch up with friends or cap off the working week; Budgie Bar is your new Ringwood nightspot.

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Experiences

  • Bottomless Cocktails

    A$60.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy a 2 hour bottomless cocktail experience featuring a specially curated menu of the finest cocktails and food. Sit back and enjoy the tunes, vibes, hustle and bustle of The Budgie Smuggler on your Saturday. The perfect way to catch up with friends or kick off your night. Each session is for 2 hours of 'bottomless cocktails' (from our selected menu). Refunds are not available for cancellations within 48 hours of booking. Staff reserve the right to refuse service. Extended food and drink options are available at additional costs. All food and drink options are subject to availability. Minimum 2, Maximum 12 per booking. Pre-payment is required to confirm booking. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your booking time. See you soon!
  • QuizMeister's Thursday Trivia

    Multiple dates available

    We welcomes Quiz Meister's famous trivia to Budgie Bar Thursday's. Trivia starting at 6:30pm, grab your team, friends or enemies and get down to Budgie Bar to enjoy cocktails, food and mind-boggling trivia! FREE to play with some incredible prizes to be won for winning, not losing and more throughout the entire night! Paired with some special cocktails and exciting new food items, Budgie Bar Thursday's are the place to be!
  • Budgie's Late Night Menu

    Multiple dates available

    As the sun has set and your night out is still kicking, our Late Night Menu is introduced to tide you over for the last couple hours of your Budgie Bar experience. Don't worry, all our cocktails and drinks are available still but we have specially curated a delicate food menu that will tantalise your taste buds whilst you carefully select those last few drinks to enjoy.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 45 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.3
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4.1
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Matt Williamson is a king!

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 17 June 2021

I'll make sure to pass that on! Thank you

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Had a 4:30 booking for 2 hours to bottomless cocktails. We arrived at 4:35, but were made to wait outside in the line until 4:50. It was a long wait for drinks each time. When our 2 hour session was over at 6:30, we were refused drinks. We argued that we were on time and it was the venue’s fault that we weren’t let in until later, therefore unreasonable to have our session cut short. Overall not really impressed.

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 11 May 2021

Hi Sarah, thanks for the review. Apologies that your experience with us wasn't what you expected. We always run our bottomless sessions and all our booking to the two hour timeline in order to cater for turn over tables. We will continue to recommend to our guests in the future to arrive prior to their booking times to hopefully assist with seating times. Thanks again for the review we will be sure to take it on board.

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VickyP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely bar! Amazing food, great service and a really fun atmosphere. Will definitely be back

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 11 May 2021

Glad you had a great time, looking forward to having you back!

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JulietW
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Fun vibe but food was a little average with few options. Not a place to go for a proper meal.

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 17 May 2021

Thanks for the review :)

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CeeDee
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great place to have a drink and catch up with friends and have a boogie if you wish.

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 9 May 2021

Thanks for the review :)

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SamLll
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

Bottomless brunch was extremely worth the value. Would recommend!

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 25 April 2021

Glad you enjoyed yourself :)

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LeisaM
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails and food were fantastic. Staff were friendly and helpful. Great value for money.
Already planning my next day out with more friends!

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 25 April 2021

Amazing, thanks so much :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic and well worth the money

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 7 April 2021

Glad you had a good time!

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Bottomless cocktails package was great value for money delicious cocktails and plenty to choose from! We had the best time!

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 7 April 2021

Thanks Chelsea :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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LucyG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food3Service3Ambience4

Great Cocktails but needed more staff making them!

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 9 March 2021

Thanks for the feedback Lucy :)

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MargieE
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing bar venue with great cocktails and food. Highly recommended

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 11 March 2021

Thanks so much :)

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MeganC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

i went here with a friend Saturday night for dinner and drinks on a reccomendation of a good friend, and i would defintley return, set in Ringwood on Maroondah Highway, it is slipped in an industrial link of factories next to the park so it can be a little hard to find at first, there is limited parking there, but also near the train station as well and taxis are readily available at the rank.

Set in a warehouse, there are 2 entries at arrival, a public entry and a private entry, i made sure to book in advance due to COVID restrictions, we were greeted by a lovely security man who let us through the entrance and greeted by two reception staff, it is set out like afternoon garden party, with a huge main area with a big bar and to the side a selfie room, and the tables are made of palletts on wheels which is great for is they have functions to move easily.

The cocktails are fantastic i recommend the "Flower Power" and the food is Asian Fusion we had the Bao Buns in Pork and Chicken and Sweet Potatoe Fries.

Only open on Fridays and Saturdays, this a great venue and awesome for people in the Eastern Suburbs and South East that may not want to venue into the city to have the same experience, it does get busy so i would defintley book on Open Table or direct with the venue

They also do functions and have an outdoor beer garden and will defintley return again

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 2 March 2021

Thanks so much Megan. Glad you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again!

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VeronicaD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Visually great, staff were friendly enough and food and drinks were nice. I liked the music style but it was so loud we had to shout during lunch and we were sitting SO close it shouldn’t have been like a concert. Was disappointed that we were pretty much pointed to a table and left to figure out the menu was on the reverse of the table number via phone camera as no instructions were given or printed menus. I’d visit again, but probably just for drinks and a night out. experience definitely could have been better.

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 2 March 2021

Thanks for the review Veronica :) Hopefully we can improve your experience next time you visit :)

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BJEPG
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place to hang on a Friday night... the noise in the main room was a little loud, but I might just be getting old. Drinks and food were excellent and about what you'd pay for somewhere like this.

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 2 March 2021

Thanks for the review :)

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VictoriaY
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Absolutely disgusted with the way the staff treated me and my friends, security left us outside waiting for 30 minutes past booking time when we were the only ones in line and i asked to speak to a manager who handled us with the worst customer service i’ve ever experienced. For paying customers who had booked two weeks in advance, the venue looked very overbooked and we believe this is why we did not get in. We were there scapegoats being a group of 8. We ended up leaving and going to suburban where we were treated so lovely, do not waste your time. We have been here in the past and the cocktails are great but absolutely not worth ruining your birthday celebrations over

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 23 February 2021

Hi Victoria, thank you for your review. Our management and staff have the right to refuse service and entry regardless of prior booking. I do also want to express that no payment was taken from you. We take our RSA and safety in our venue very seriously and it was clear upon revision of footage from your visit that this was for the benefit of our staff and patrons. Sorry your visit was not what you expected, we are glad that you were able to find another venue to celebrate your birthday

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Nessa
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Amazing atmosphere very cool vibe incredible cocktails that tantalise your tastebuds. The staff were friendly and really great at suggesting there specials and although covid has made things restrictive the budgie smuggler have really made it work. I will definitely be going back soon 😊

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 23 February 2021

So glad you had a good time!

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SarahG
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved it. Went there Saturday lunch time for a bottomless brunch for my birthday and 4 other friends. The staff welcomed you when you first enter. The bar staff were lovely and quick with making the drinks, which definitely helps out if you doing a bottomless brunch. I really recommend it, really enjoyed myself. They also have an awesome photo area with a high selfie light.

The Budgie Smuggler
Responded on 23 February 2021

Thanks heaps Sarah! Glad you enjoyed the cacti area :)

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OliviaA
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Need more staff! Having to wait an hour and a half for drinks is poor !!!

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Lukem
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing venue! Recommend highly! Great food, great drinks!

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TiarneH
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Wait was long, food portion was extremely poor. Drinks were warm and not as advertised

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Sonny2020
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience3

Service and atmosphere great. Disappointed with cocktails. They don’t split bills and no cash! Won’t be returning

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SammyC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Looking for a fabulous catchup with friends with a pub vibe yet sit down? Look no further than this quirky converted warehouse with a fabulous vibe and staff who go out of their way to make your visit pleasurable. Harry was our designated waiter and he was attentive but not pushy, engaging but not corny and nothing was a problem. Did I mention he was efficient too? The cocktails and drinks (Elderflower yum yum) came quickly after the initial wait for the first one due to the fact the whole restaurant is reseated at the same time slot pretty much. The food while visually not as pleasing in its cardboard covid-friendly boxes was lip smacking good. I recommend the Korean fried chicken wings, crunchy calamari, bbq pork bao buns and even the cheese burger spring rolls dipped in mustard were surprisingly tasty.
Once you get use to QR code ordering you are cruising. St next to the train line you get the cool illuminated night trains passing by overhead that add to the funky urban industrial atmosphere. On weekends you get treated to either a DJ or live music. No dancing yet but you definitely feel more social again. Request a court garden or indoors booking if possible. Be prepared to queue waiting for your dinner wave to be seated. Thanks again to all the Budgie Smuggler team, especially Harry!

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Racheld
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food, drinks and atmosphere and the staff are always helpful and friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing cocktails and staff

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MicheleM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue , cocktails are amazing and cheese burger spring rolls were the best ,great place to catch up with friends

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NatashaD
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a fantastic afternoon's gathering with friends at the Budgie Smuggler.

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Bianca
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great! Only bummer was not being able to pay for drinks separately and having to put on a tab system. Was very messy at the end

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Chloe
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service, great food and amazing cocktails. Would recommend dining here to others.

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Food is amazing! Love being able to share and order multiple times. The 3 hour time limit is brilliant also.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Delicious cocktails, but average service and no split bills which is very difficult in a big group. Food was also average. A few times they bought our table the incorrect items & these were on the bill at the end so it was messy to sort out.

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JeanS
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress we checked us in was very attentive courteous and friendly really appreciated her kindness and time

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Sleepy
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great setup good food and drinks!
And wonderful energetic and polite staff!
Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

10/10 - Would definitely make a habit of visiting more often! Our only criticism would be the wait time from arriving for our 8pm booking to being seated (40mins) BUT in saying that, the staff were just doing their best in what seemed like a topsy turvy night. They went above and beyond in terms of service (super friendly, offered the first round of drinks on the house) and made sure we were well looked after over the course of the night. The food and cocktails were delicious and at a reasonable price point. I love that they implemented a QR code for their menu too!

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Goer2
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Service was on the slow side (COVID restrictions meant you cannot go to the bar, had to wait for staff and for drinks)
Really disappointed they ran out of prosecco. This has happened before. Clearly they need to stock up more!
Other guests loved the cocktails.
That aside, great venue, music and food

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HayleyG
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Was really looking forward to our first dinner out since lockdown and very disappointed to have been seated in the car park.

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VickieP
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The people were friendly and Harry was a great waiter and was prompt and requests were meet.
Can’t wait to go back when we can mingle a bit more

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Jack
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time with my in-laws here. We had a delicious dinner and lots of fun cocktails. We are all organising to take more friends and family there again asap. Can not wait to try more of their cocktails!

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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails were great and perfect cocktail food.
Service was outstanding.

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ebstu
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails, such an amazing vibe and really lovely servers

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Tayla
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

We were sat outside in the alley way. No atmosphere, no lights and no music.

FAQs

The Budgie Smuggler offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0473 351 601.

The Budgie Smuggler is rated 4.3 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

The Budgie Smuggler does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://store.thebudgiesmuggler.com/products/the-budgie-smuggler-store-e-gift-card.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.